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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by mtn_nut » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:38 am

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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by RyanSchilling » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:53 am

ker0uac wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:23 am
Sorry for the lazy question but can anyone point me to where I can see a radar/satellite live image of smoke conditions?
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by bdloftin77 » Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:02 am

ker0uac wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:23 am
Sorry for the lazy question but can anyone point me to where I can see a radar/satellite live image of smoke conditions?
https://airquality.weather.gov/sectors/ ... o.php#tabs
^ Hover over the 1 Hr Average Surface Smoke Squares, or the 1 Hr Average Vertical Smoke Integration Squares. Alternatively, click on the Loops tab to see a live loop of forecasted smoke.

https://hwp-viz.gsd.esrl.noaa.gov/smoke/
^Vertically Integrated Smoke or Surface Smoke. For the Forecast slot time, it tends to show the furthest in the future if you click on a :00, :06, or :12 time. Use the slider at the bottom to view specific times, or to see an animation.

https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/GOES/
^Play with the above website. I use it for imagery and large visible smoke plumes.

Or fire.airnow.gov as mtn_nut mentioned. That's useful for large smoke plumes, as well as satellite fire hotspot readings.
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by ker0uac » Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:30 pm

thank you all, saved me a lot of googling :)

Why do places along the I-25 south corridor like Springs get more smoke than places like Leadville? I saw this often last month when Springs would smell like the inside of a wood stove while Leadville's air would be pristine.
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by Vincopotamus » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:08 pm

ker0uac wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:30 pm
thank you all, saved me a lot of googling :)

Why do places along the I-25 south corridor like Springs get more smoke than places like Leadville? I saw this often last month when Springs would smell like the inside of a wood stove while Leadville's air would be pristine.
Could be a variety of factors, but I'd suspect that a lot of it has to do with smoke settling into lower elevations in the evenings. Without strong winds, it may get trapped in those lower elevations for several days. Leadville sits nearly 4k feet higher so their smoke likely drops and flows down the Arkansas valley.
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by k_fergie » Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:23 pm

Vincopotamus wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 12:08 pm
ker0uac wrote:
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:30 pm
thank you all, saved me a lot of googling :)

Why do places along the I-25 south corridor like Springs get more smoke than places like Leadville? I saw this often last month when Springs would smell like the inside of a wood stove while Leadville's air would be pristine.
Could be a variety of factors, but I'd suspect that a lot of it has to do with smoke settling into lower elevations in the evenings. Without strong winds, it may get trapped in those lower elevations for several days. Leadville sits nearly 4k feet higher so their smoke likely drops and flows down the Arkansas valley.
I agree. Its largely a factor of wind and topography. Smoke is a fluid, so its going to settle down into lower valleys assuming its not completely dissipated by wind. The front range acts as a wind block, so it collects in Denver/Springs real bad. There's not anywhere for it to 'drain' out as fast as it can from Leadville
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by herdbull » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:04 pm

Has anyone been up hwy 14 towards Cameron Pass since they opened it back up? Cant find any pics of what the area looks like now that the fire is out.
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by cougar » Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:38 pm

The Larimer sheriff and some other organizations posted video and pics on Facebook, one was a video of the drive and roadside views.
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Re: New Fire in the Poudre Canyon

Post by Monster5 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:09 pm

I drive up to Cameron pass and north along Laramie River road monthly.

The burn is mostly obvious west of Rustic on both sides. The lower valleys and near the roadway have been somewhat protected.

Forest service and the County have been clearing out burned trees near the highway and adding tackifier/mulch on many of the slopes for the past few months.

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